It's quite rare for an album like Adam Green & Binki Shapiro to totter along in the indie scene, a duet album that is. I suppose it is quite fitting when you take a look at the two artists concerned. First we have Green, a real favourite of mine as far as solo artists go. I used to follow his blog obsessively; the intriguingly titled The Lake Room, which kept the world up-to-date on his latest shenanigans, largely consisting of iPhone photos giving us an insight into his rock'n'roll lifestyle. Largely tongue-in-cheek but sometimes a little bit on the dark side, Green went all out in his mission to shock and entertain his followers, even going so far as to upload pictures of him flaunting an erection, shooting up heroin and generally being a "bad boy".

One of the reasons I loved him (apart from his brilliant, funny and witty music) was the way that he shamelessly imitated his heroes, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Leonard Cohen and Jim Morrison. He dressed like them, borrowed their musical styles and generally didn't give a fuck what critics or fans had to say about it. That's what sold him to me. Six solo albums later (following his work with Kimya Dawson in The Moldy Peaches) and Green now seems to be exploring new avenues, having created art sculptures during his downtime from recording.

The second component in this machine is Shapiro, more known for her time in Little Joy, the Brazilian/American group she plays in with Fab Moretti from the Strokes as well as Rodrigo Amarante. Herself and Green met through his support of the band on tour, and his friendship with Moretti. I only really took any notice of her once I heard about this collaboration, having only spent a little time listening to Little Joy's record. She has a truly gorgeous voice, which wistfully wraps itself around Green's low croon on more than one occasion during the rather short, but very sweet debut.

Every journalist I've come across on the topic has said it, but it really is true that the couple are reminiscent of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra; the romanticism of the subject matter (failed relationships, near misses, heartache and love) and the qualities of the key players' voices effortlessly remind one of those old 60s duets. There are folky undertones throughout (how could there not be) but whilst Green has made a career writing humorous and sincere (the lines are often blurred) songs, he really matures on this album and impresses without the lifeline of comedy. Some moments are genuinely stunning: the closer 'The Nighttime Stopped Bleeding' crechendos with medieval drums pounding and wonderful vocals from the pair that intertwine over epic strings. None of the songs leap too far from the ground in terms of scale but this is an example of the ambition that each song is injected with.

Highlights are the Green-penned 'Just to Make Me Feel Good', which plods along nicely via a thick bassline and a lovely chorus. Their smoky vocals have a lo-fi crackle which makes you forget you aren't listening to the vinyl version, and nods to Green's latest solo album Minor Love. It comes to a close with the pleading words "ask me things with no warning." The lyrics are great throughout, loaded with that sharp edginess we know Green for. Shapiro has some killer lines too; "Casanova for the mentally ill" she purrs in, you guessed it, 'Casanova'. There is a real strength to her voice and I'd love to hear more from her.

In terms of weak links, there are one or two. 'Pity Love' is underwhelming and uninspiring; the lyrics are good but the song itself fails to astonish. The real shame in that sense is that the duo's cover of 'Collage' by the James Gang is incredible but wasn't used on the album; instead it was used on an EP they put out entitled Fall. Maybe they just preferred for the album to be entirely original material, which is fair enough. Despite a couple of less exciting moments, the album really is a beautiful little treat that should be listened to if you're feeling particularly reflective or just want something pleasant that doesn't require too much concentration. It would be interesting if the two artists decided to work together again, but I must say I would really prefer Green to deliver another solo album. For now though, this will keep me happy.